D.J. Howard, Mackensie Alexander among new starters on depth chart

Clemson spring football game - Kyrin Priester & Mackensie Alexander

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Clemson spring football game - Kyrin Priester & Mackensie Alexander

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Clemson 2014 Depth Chart Notes

•Clemson has 13 returning players who were starters or co-starters from last year’s seventh-ranked team that finished 11-2 with a 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. There are six returning starters on each side of the ball, plus punter Bradley Pinion.

•The depth chart has 51 different players on the offense and defense (not counting special teams), 26 offensive players and 25 defensive players. The 51 players include 18 seniors, 12 juniors, 13 sophomores and eight freshmen. Six of the eight freshmen are on offense and just two on defense. One of the freshmen is MacKensie Alexander, who is listed as a starting cornerback, the only freshman listed as a starter. (Dorian O’Daniel is listed as one of four co-starters at a linebacker/nickel back position). Clemson has started just one freshman at cornerback over the course of the season since 2002 and that was Bashaud Breeland in 2011. He started seven of 14 games that year.

Cole Stoudt, a senior, is Clemson’s number-one quarterback. He has played in 22 games for 287 snaps but never started a game. He will be the first Clemson quarterback to make his first career start as a senior since Billy Lott in 1979. Lott had the benefit of having his first four games at home as a senior that year. Stoudt’s first start will be at Georgia. Both Chris Morocco (1989) and Will Proctor (2006) were first-year starters for the course of the season as seniors, but each made one start before their respective senior years.

•If Georgia is ranked in the preseason top 25, Stoudt will be just the second Clemson quarterback since 1975 to make his first college start on the road against a top 25 team when the Tigers open at Georgia on August 30. Willie Simmons made his first start at #8 Georgia in 2002. Prior to that you have to go back to 1975 when Steve Fuller made his first start as a freshman at #14 Alabama.

•Five of the six freshmen on offense are at wide receiver or backfield positions. Three are at the wide receiver spots as backups, Demarre Kitt, Artavis Scott and Kyrin Priester. Wayne Gallaman is a freshman among four listed at running back and Deshaun Watson is the second-team quarterback.

•Clemson is deepest at the defensive line where all nine players listed on the two-deep are lettermen who have played at least 200 snaps in their careers. The group has played in a combined 266 games with 91 starts. They combined for 69 tackles for loss last year helping Clemson to a number-one ranking nationally in that category. The nine players have averaged 760 plays of experience entering the 2014 season. Six of the nine have already played at least 30 games.

•There are 12 returning ACC players from 2013 who had at least 10 tackles for loss last year and five of the 12 are on Clemson’s defense. Those are Vic Beasley (23), Stephone Anthony (13.5), Grady Jarrett (11), Corey Crawford (10.5) and Shaq Lawson (10).

•The 2014 Clemson summer depth chart has seven players who have played at least 1000 snaps from scrimmage in their careers. The leader is Stephone Anthony with 1,553. Others are Corey Crawford (1396), Adam Humphries (1328), David Beasley (1227), Ryan Norton (1118), Grady Jarrett (1112), and Travis Blanks (1038).

•While the players returning to Clemson’s defensive line have 91 career starts combined, Clemson’s offensive linemen has 49. The leader is David Beasley with 19 starts in 30 games played.

Clemson offense

Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl.

LT 79 ISAIAH BATTLE 6-7 275 Jr.

76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 280 Jr.

LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 320 Sr.

78 Eric Mac Lain 6-4 295 Jr.

or 77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 Sr.

C 58 RYAN NORTON 6-3 280 Jr.

57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 So.

RG 67 KALON DAVIS 6-5 340 Sr.

55 Tyrone Crowder 6-2 345 RFr.

or 77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 Sr.

RT 73 JOE GORE 6-5 300 Jr.

or 76 SHAQ ANTHONY 6-4 280 Jr.

TE 86 SAM COOPER 6-6 250 Sr.

16 Jordan Leggett 6-5 240 So.

or 81 Staton Seckinger 6-4 230 Jr.

WR 19 CHARONE PEAKE 6-2 205 Jr.

17 Kyrin Priester 6-1 185 Fr.

or 5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 So.

QB 18 COLE STOUDT 6-4 210 Sr.

4 Deshaun Watson 6-3 190 Fr.

RB 22 D.J. HOWARD 6-0 195 Sr.

24 Zac Brooks 6-1 190 Jr.

or 32 C.J. Davidson 5-10 190 Jr.

or 9 Wayne Gallman 6-1 200 RFr.

WR 13 ADAM HUMPHRIES 5-11 190 Sr.

3 Artavis Scott 5-11 185 Fr.

WR 7 MIKE WILLIAMS 6-3 205 So.

8 Demarre Kitt 6-1 195 Fr.

Clemson Defense

Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl.

DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 Sr.

or 9 TAVARIS BARNES 6-4 275 Sr.

DT 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 295 Sr.

94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 295 So.

DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 290 Sr.

or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 295 Sr.

or 48 D.J. READER 6-2 325 Jr.

DE 3 VIC BEASLEY 6-2 235 Sr.

90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 So.

SLB/NB 41 T.J. BURRELL 5-11 215 So.

or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-0 200 Jr.

or 12 KORRIN WIGGINS 5-11 190 So.

or 6 DORIAN O’DANIEL 6-2 210 RFr.

MLB 42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-2 245 Sr.

44 B.J. Goodson 6-1 235 Jr.

WLB 7 TONY STEWARD 6-1 230 Sr.

10 Ben Boulware 5-11 230 So.

CB 2 MACKENSIE ALEXANDER 5-11 185 RFr.

26 Garry Peters 6-0 185 Sr.

S 20 JAYRON KEARSE 6-4 205 So.

18 Jadar Johnson 6-1 195 So.

S 27 ROBERT SMITH 5-11 210 Sr.

15 T.J. Green 6-3 195 So.

CB 25 CORDREA TANKERSLEY 6-0 195 So.

14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 185 Sr.

Clemson Specialists

Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl.

PK 36 AMMON LAKIP 5-10 200 Jr.

92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Jr.

P 92 BRADLEY PINION 6-6 230 Jr.

36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 Jr.

or 95 Andy Teasdall 5-11 185 So.

KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Jr.

36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 Jr.

LS 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 Sr.

51 Jim Brown 6-4 235 Jr.

H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 Sr.

85 Seth Ryan 5-11 160 RFr.

PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Sr.

KOR 19 Charone Peake 6-2 205 Jr.

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TigerNE writes:

Cooper is the starting TE? No doubt he's there as a blocker more than a receiver.

And a little surprised Gore is listed as the top RT.

Of course, this is just the beginning. The depth chart will go through a number of changes before the end of August for sure.

Xander5000 writes:

While I do understand Peake could be or is the fastest on the team. I think I could do without having him on the kick-off return. I'm sure there are others with speed that can do this. Peake just appears to be a much needed, but fragile component at this time to our team, than to be returning kick-offs.

lhaselden writes:

We used to have Ford and Spiller returning KOs, they were more important to the O than Peake, they were about 50% of the O. We need to improve KO retruns... put the best man on the job... whoever it is.. even if it is Deshan Watson....

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to Xander5000:

While I do understand Peake could be or is the fastest on the team. I think I could do without having him on the kick-off return. I'm sure there are others with speed that can do this. Peake just appears to be a much needed, but fragile component at this time to our team, than to be returning kick-offs.

I'd like to see CJ Davidson back there returning KO's. He's got speed to burn and the moves to make guys miss..Just not sure about his receiving skills.

Xander5000 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

I'd like to see CJ Davidson back there returning KO's. He's got speed to burn and the moves to make guys miss..Just not sure about his receiving skills.

I was thinking that exact thing......having Davidson along with Ryan Carter, Jae'lon Oglesby, Artavis Scott, or Prime Time Baker.

TigerNE writes:

I expect coaches to do a lot of testing on returns - both KO and P - with all of the possible talent we've all named (you can take the risk more) and in order to give a younger offense better starting field position every chance you get.

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